About SMV Scientific

The Company

SMV Scientific, a Summit MedVentures Holdings company, was founded in 2013 to design, develop, and market innovative medical devices.  Our technologies revolutionize the interface between bone and implants utilizing patented bone preparation technology and thread geometries.  

 

Executive Leadership 

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Eric W. Brown, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Eric leads SMV Scientific with a passion for innovation and enhanced patient care, bringing more than 25 years of medical device industry experience.  Prior to founding SMV, Eric was a Vice-President of Sales for Synthes (USA), responsible for the Western United States.  Before his time in executive management, Eric spent over 15 years in the operating room working with surgeons as an Orthopedic Consultant.  Eric attended Miami of Ohio University and received his B.S. from Indiana University.

 

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RJ Brideau, Chief Operating Officer

As COO, RJ is responsible for operations at SMV Scientific.  RJ brings over 20 years of management and executive leadership experience to SMV.  Before joining SMV Scientific, RJ led sales and marketing for a real-time notification and messaging solution used by physicians and hospitals to improve patient care.  In prior roles, RJ has built and led partner ecosystems across manufacturing, licensing and sales for companies such as SolarWinds (IPO, NYSE:  SOLR), Motive (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent) and IBM.  RJ graduated with honors from The Wharton School of Business with degrees in Finance and Operations, and has both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from The Pennsylvania State University.

 

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Andrew Fauth, Chief Technology Officer

Andrew is responsible for research and development, product management, quality and regulatory at SMV Scientific. Andrew brings to SMV Scientific over 20 years of medical device expertise.  As Group General Manager, Andrew led all of the R&D activities for CoorsTek Medical (formerly MedicineLodge and IMDS) which included product development, intellectual property management, prototyping, business development, surgeon partnerships, and strategic transactions. During his tenure at CoorsTek Medical and its predecessors, Andrew was involved in hundreds of innovative orthopedic development projects spanning fields such as spine, sports medicine, extremities, trauma, joint reconstruction, general surgery, and other fields.  In addition, Andrew has experience managing full-scale operations in contract manufacturing, emphasizing lean and continuous improvement processes and strategies.  Andrew has Bachelor’s degree from Linfield College and both Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in Kinesiology/Biomechanics with a doctoral minor in Mechanical Engineering and holds over 30 issued patents. 

 

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Jim Ford, Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Jim is responsible for financial operations, human resources and compliance at SMV Scientific.  Most recent prior roles involved senior leadership positions of venture backed companies from startup through acquisition including Ventana Communications Group (sold to Thomson International), OpenSite (sold to Siebel Systems, Oracle), Motricity (NSDAQ:MOTR) and Covelight Technologies (sold to Radware Ltd.).  Prior to Covelight he served as the Corporate Controller for Ericsson where he led the financial operations for U.S. research and development for cellular communications.   Jim is a Masters graduate of the College of Business at Florida State University and holds a B.S. in accounting and finance from Gardner Webb University.  He served in the Armed Forces with the 82nd Airborne Division and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

 

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Gavin Sontag, CEO, SMV Sports Medicine and Extremities

Gavin leads the Sports Medicine and Extremities business of SMV.  Gavin comes to SMV from Zimmer Biomet where he was responsible for market development, product strategy as well as sales in their Surgical Division.  Prior to Zimmer Biomet, he was the Director of Business Development for IMDS (now CoorsTEK Medical), a private medical design and innovation provider that specializes in helping companies and entrepreneurs bring product ideas and concepts to market.  Before joining IMDS, Gavin worked for nearly a decade in sales, marketing, and sales management in the Sports Medicine segment of orthopedics. 

 

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Nick Babikian, CEO, SMV Total Reconstruction 

Nick leads the Total Reconstruction business of SMV.  Nick comes to SMV from Goldman Sachs where he served as an advisor to several large multinational corporations on numerous financing and M&A transactions.  Prior to his time at Goldman, Nick lead engineering and construction teams at Kinetics, a specialty mechanical contracting firm. Nick also developed and holds the patent for an innovative cerclage cable passing system used in long-bone orthopedic surgery. Nick has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BS from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

 

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Bill Strieber, CEO, SMV Precision Instruments 

Bill leads the Precision Instruments business of SMV.  Bill has over two decades of leadership and executive positions across sales, technical sales, business development, marketing, and operations.  Most recently, Bill developed the marketing and business operations strategies for a large product distribution company.  Previous experience includes executive positions with Emergent Technologies, sales leadership with Luminex and a biotech subsidiary of Hitachi Corp., and management leadership positions for Valero Corporation in their environmental group.  Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Texas, San Antonio.  

 

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Nephi Zufelt, CEO, SMV Innovations

Nephi leads the Innovations business of SMV.  Nephi has extensive experience in managing product development teams and bringing products through regulatory pathways to market.  Nephi first joined SMV as Chief Technology Officer, where he helped launch SMV's first product.  Prior roles include leading quality control teams at DePuy Mitek, product development at Medtronics and Choice Spine, and most recently as the Senior Director of Engineering and Regulatory Affairs at a $400MM+ medical device company.  Nephi holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State, a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and an MBA at the University of Tennessee Haslam School of Business.  

 

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Mike Saunders, Director of Business Development

Mike brings 16 years of medical device sales and sales leadership to SMV Scientific.  He started his career as a local sales consultant in orthopedic trauma with Synthes USA, later becoming a Midwest Regional Manager in charge of all or part of seven states.  While there he led his team to Region of the Year honors, as well as having a Consultant of the Year.  Mike then spent time in sales leadership with the neuromodulation division of Boston Scientific where he led the northeast team. Prior to joining SMV, he held the role of VP of North American Sales for CIVCO Medical Solutions leading all direct, inside and distributor sales.  Mike graduated of the University of Iowa with a Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology.

 

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Stewart Withrow, National Sales Director

Stewart is a seasoned executive with a strong track record of delivering results, and developing innovative strategies selling complex medical devices.  With a passion for taking entrepreneurial companies to the next level and building new markets in the orthopaedic space; Stewart’s 25 year career has been focused on improving patient care and maximizing value.  Prior to SMV Scientific he has held executive sales roles with companies such as Smith & Nephew and Synthes.  Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Norwich University, Military College of Vermont.